13 June 2021

Christ’s Return

Scripture: Matthew 24 verse 4-14: And Jesus answered and said unto them, take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Matthew 24 verse 37 – 42: But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

It is with great joy as believers that we can look forward to the return of Jesus Christ. The scripture paints a picture of what the world would look like and what would be happening when He returns. We can profess and say, without a shadow of doubt, that things will get worse; and that is according to scripture. When we look over the last few decades, we see how things have deteriorated. Science has advanced and there have been breakthroughs. But yet, things are looking worse than what it did. This word is especially for Christians living in a godless, pagan world. Sometimes we miss the point of this scripture and what Jesus is trying to tell us.

People often speak about the end times and are fascinated with it. Jesus told the disciples then that they would not know the day or the hour. But today, we try to decipher scripture verses as a puzzle but Christ had not intended this. We have two problems with interpreting this scripture:

● Scriptures are often interpreted from a wrong point of view.

We speak about apocalyptic scripture such as this one but this was not a scripture verse about how things will end or when He will return. This passage tells us WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING UNTIL HE RETURNS. This is what we keep missing. We become so wrapped up in what things are going to look like then but we forget what we are going to do in the interim. How do we live our lives until Christ comes? Interpretation is often times, flawed. This was meant as a way for believers to live their lives according to what Christ wants them to.

● It is about HOW it is interpreted.

When this verse speaks about this generation, it doesn’t just speak about that specific people. The word Genia can actually be likened to race or people. So, it extends far beyond just the Jewish people. This word says that they will be alive when the Lord comes. Yet many of these generations at that time have died out already but the nation of Israel continues. All this is said and Jesus paints this picture for us. He warns us that things will get bad and we don’t like to hear this. We like to hear that everything will get better. How do we make sense of all this?

This scripture speaks on two different platforms:

1. The description of the culture.

2. The prescription and direction for the church.

The description of the culture pertains to how things will look when Christ returns. Verse 4 to 14 mentions wars. The political spectrum is addressed. We see wars today happening around the world. People are dying. This scripture warns us of the threat of imminent war. And it’s happening today. It happened back then and still now. We shouldn’t be panicked for the end times but instead live the way God wants us to live. Even in the natural realm, God said there would be famines, pestilences, earthquakes. And they are happening today. Let’s take the Covid-19 Pandemic plaguing the world today, earthquakes happening in places they had never occurred in before, tsunamis by the multitude and even volcanoes erupting. Among the believers we speak about the Lord coming again but the focus should be how we live our lives before He returns.

Morally Jesus addresses it too in saying lawlessness will abound. This is translated often to inequities or sin and not knowing God when doing so. The scripture says people would wilfully go against God. In definition sin is a wilful transgression against a known law of God. Today, people wilfully disobey God. They decide to not obey God. The moral decay of our society is evident.

On a spiritual front, there is mention made of false prophets. Today, people are following charismatic ways. There are more people joining cults today than ever before. They go along with what tickles their ear. These false prophets will arise and tell people many things and Jesus said this 2000 years ago. Social media plays a huge part in what we believe and choose to follow and when we weigh it up against scripture, we see how we are being misled.

There has been a lack of response to God’s word in this time of the pandemic. People who have fever for the Lord have suddenly grown cold. Jesus addresses this in scripture saying that this is what the community will look like when I return. The gospel shall be preached in all the world, Jesus said. It’s a mission still relevant to us today but we need to ask ourselves, are we involved in what Christ wants us to be involved in? the mission remains pertinent for todays’ day and age. But we become caught up in our own world and forget why we’ve been called. The end will come but we have a responsibility, to tell the world Jesus saves.

Jesus addresses the social issue. In the time of Noah, when they were warned, they continued to do what they did. Business as usual. We might not be taking the warnings as serious as we should. This mandate remains – Jesus says this is how it will look when I return. We don’t see the earnestness of the mission God has given us. We don’t head the warnings and continue to do what we’ve been doing every day. He gives us direction until He comes again. He did not just inform them how it will look but gave direction how to live.

1. We need to be prepared.

If the Lord comes today, are we ready? Is your house in order? Are you prepared to meet your maker today? We make plans for the future and we want to do what we need to do but are we prepared if He comes? We do not know the day nor the hour. If we knew, we would do what we want to do, live how we want to live and make right at the eleventh hour. This is not a question anyone can answer but you. There won’t be any announcement. He will come like a thief in the night. We can be so focused on the signs, but we lose focus on if we are doing the right things.

2. A call for stewardship.

How are you using what you have and what belongs to you and what God has entrusted in you? How are we utilising this until He returns? Everything we haver is the Lord’s. We are stewards of everything we have. We need to be good stewards of our time, resources and finances. What will last – your car, your house, your money or status - or what we do for Christ? While we wait for Christ’s return, there are people who are in need, who need to hear His word and be supported. Has the Lord not done something for you that you can testify of? It is time now that you be a good steward with what God has entrusted in you.

3. There needs to be expectancy.

Expecting the return of the Lord and being prepared are two different things. With expectancy comes preparation but excitement too. It brings joy and build up of excitement. We need to live like this. We cannot just prepare. We need to expect Him every day so that the excitement would exude. We need to live in a way that people can see; the Lord is coming. Titus 2 verse 13 says if we love Him, we will love His return.

Somehow, we lack that excitement for Him today. We know what the end times will look like because Jesus told us. We will face all types of persecution. But be prepared for when Jesus comes. Expect His return. We need to live as if Jesus is returning. This is not the end – Christ is returning.

Kingdom activity needs to continue – not yours, but God’s. this building should not constrain us. Through our life and obedience kingdom activity must continue. People need to know. While we wait on the Lord’s return, let us be actively involved in God’s kingdom. Jesus is coming again. When Jesus speaks of this moral decay of society, we look at post modernity and that it speaks about the belief that truth was created by those wanting to oppress. Now they want to destroy all truth because it was put there to keep us in line. But one thing will remain true till the end of time and that is God’s word. What He said all those decades ago, remains today.

We need to live in a way that people can see; the Lord is coming. Somehow, we lack that excitement for Him today. We know what the end times will look like because Jesus told us. We will face all types of persecution. But be prepared for when Jesus comes. Expect His return. We need to live as if Jesus is returning. This is not the end – Christ is returning.

Word and Preaching by Rev. Quinton Williams

Blog post by Abigail Adams

06 June 2021

Mark 4:35

Mark 4:35 - 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”

36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.

38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

We see how Jesus had healed the leper, the blind man; he healed them all and people witnessed this. Mark wrote this book, a very synoptic book of the gospels and wrote the most accurate account of the time of Christ. He wasn’t a disciple nor was he on the boat as told in scripture. Mark lived closely with Peter and that is how he came into account of this story. Nero was in leadership at the time and he burned Christians at the stake and murdered them. This is when Jesus started doing miracles and the crowds followed Him. In the beginning of chapter 4 it mentions that the crowd was so much when Jesus was at the seashore in Galilee. There was a massive, excited crowd because they saw miracles. While Jesus was talking, they would press of against Jesus. Of course the disciples had to come between them and the Lord. When Jesus came to the seashore, He couldn’t go deeper into the water anymore and went into a boat to speak better to the people. After this long day of preaching, Jesus went with the disciples to the other end and this is where OUR journey starts.

It was evening and the disciples had not questioned Jesus in any way as to why they had to be sailing so late. They obeyed Jesus. They stepped in the boat and in the middle of the sea they experienced something. Now they had walked with the Lord all day and all the time. They had witnessed everything that He was capable of doing. Now they find themselves in this boat with a storm coming. The water didn’t just cover them but filled the boat. The Lord is asleep and tired. The rain comes, the storm hits and what did those men tell one another? They are fishermen so they should know how to navigate through rough terrain and storms. But this storm was too big. They could not handle it. They must have been overcome with anxiety, fear and doubt. But Jesus was in the storm with them and in the boat with them. Beloved, even when we obey Christ, as the disciples did, it doesn’t mean there will not be storms in our lives. They obeyed Christ – still the storms came. Jesus was in the boat, in the storm with them. The disciples experienced three C’s;

They were in a big mess and they believed there was no hope for them. Many times in our lives we experience storms. Our marriages, our finances, our children, our households. We are busy drowning in our crisis, our boat is filled with water and your boat is busy sinking. But we must acknowledge our crisis. The disciples cried even in their own ability. Many times we try to solve things for ourselves and God is not part of it.

Let your crisis allow you to run to Christ. What was the disciples’ reaction when they found themselves in the storm? Jesus was in a deep sleep, tired of the day and the disciples woke Him. They asked Him, “Jesus, don’t you care that we perishing?” Today we ask, Lord, don’t you care about my marriage? Don’t you care about me drowning? We become angry with God. On this journey, people will hurt us. On this road, we lose people to death. God did not say this road would be easy. On this road, we are going to suffer. But we need to know who to look to. While these disciples were sinking, they went to the Lord, the boat was flooded and they said, Lord we are dying. Jesus responded, “Peace, be still”. Not tomorrow, immediately there was calmness.

Jesus said “Peace, be still”. Where was their faith? Where was the faith they had in Him before? And immediately, there was stillness on the boat and that storm was over. Maybe your spirit is so full of storms but ask, who is He that even the wind and storms obey? The disciples walked with this man and knew Him as a teacher, a healer, as a miracle worker but they didn’t know Him as the Son of God. We serve a living God.

No matter the storm, God never fails. God is faithful. Acknowledge your storm and acknowledge that you are drowning. But God is in your boat. He says, “Peace, be still”. Don’t worry, I am God.

Word and Preaching by Daniel Carelse

Blog post by Abigail Adams

30 May 2021

2 Chronicles 26:5-23

The point of entry in this message is the year King Uzziah died. It’s an awkward moment to start where a king dies, but king Uzziah was one of the most influential kings of Judah. We hear of David, Solomon and Saul but hardly of Uzziah who was one of the most influential kings of the time. His father was assassinated when he was sixteen and he was crowned king, reigning for about 52 years and he accomplished so much. Scripture makes reference to him being an upright king; doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord. God made him victorious in battle, gave him fame and wealth but then the Lord afflicted him with leprosy. How does one go from a point of being famous and wealthy to being struck by leprosy? What sin so awful did king Uzziah commit to be struck with this?

Uzziah died as a leper, was buried in a field that belonged to the king but was not buried as a king; rather as The King Leper. What had he done?


Shift your focus to WORSHIP beloved. Uzziah was in the temple and he did things with regards to worship but his arrogance and unfaithfulness had caused him NOT to worship. You can busy with the things surrounding worship without actually worshipping God. He was punished very harshly because of his irreverence to worship. Many think worship is wrapped up in a Sunday Morning Worship Service. We think if we fulfill this part of the week on a Sunday, we’ll be fine. Worship is more than just going to church and singing. Worship is a complete, total service to God every day of your life. It is essential and real. Sometimes we are unprepared to worship but we need to prepare to have real worship. God is looking for a true worshipper.

So what did Uzziah do wrong?


Romans 12 says that worship matters to God. “Present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual worship”. God places huge significance on worship. Throughout scripture you will find it being said. In Genesis, you were created to worship God, created in His image. He has placed His spirit within you. If you are made in His image and His spirit is inside you, then you were created to worship God, able to worship Him. There is a yearning to worship Him. Worshipping is the highest activity a human being can do. God has everything but what He desires is worship. Isaiah speaks about encountering God, and we cannot do this without worship. There has to be an encounter with God through worship.


Uzziah went into the temple and did what the priest was meant to do. But he went in and did his own thing. He was arrogant and unfaithful. We need to have respect for worship. It is a time where we encounter, connect, meet with God, and we should not be irreverent in our worship. Hebrews 12 verse 28 says “since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, hold on to grace by it we may serve or worship God acceptably with reverence and awe for our God is a consuming fire”. Worship indicates your awareness of God’s presence and this is when true worship happens. There is a desire for the church to be in a mode of worship to the extent that when they enter they would sense the presence of God in their time of worship. Worship is not just about what we do, how we sing; it’s about doing it for God. It is all about Him. It is not about us and what we want to achieve because when we relinquish our hands from what God wants to do and worship Him in spirit and in truth, we will experience and become significantly aware of the presence of God. Not to mimic worship, replicate and duplicate the presence of God. It is in true worship that we will experience His presence. Priests of your home, create an atmosphere in your homes of true worship and you become aware that God is in your home and everywhere you go. God is everywhere but we are not always aware of His presence. Worship is your evaluation of God’s greatness. It’s your recognition of God’s goodness. King Uzziah was blessed and highly favoured by God and had accomplished so much but at the end, He was just known as the Leper King. Fame and wealth mean absolutely nothing without God.


We need to repent of these sins. Chapter 26:16 Uzziah says I can do what I want to do. We need to be careful. Uzziah had no regard for what is right because he had an incorrect assumption that his status and position allowed him to do what he wanted to. He was unrepentant about his action. He ignored what the requirements were for worshipping God. We do not need qualification but what we need is a repentant heart, cleansed from sin. True worship cannot happen unless we repent of our sin. It is a simple process – God is able to forgive us of our sin if only we confess. Sin is prohibiting us from true worship of God. When there is no breakthrough, one must examine the sins in your heart. Uzziah didn’t care, until God struck him with leprosy. We shouldn’t get to that point.


Because of salvation we have hope and life. Let no one steal your joy, rejoice for the Lord has saved you. Regardless of what is happening, rejoice. Worship is an expression of love. We express this love as we worship Him in spirit and in truth. Rejoice in your time of trouble because this is just temporary. We have a home God has prepared for us. Worship is a celebration of grace. We don’t deserve it but God has given us grace. It is a privilege to worship God. If you want to truly experience God, experience true joy; repent. We don’t have to put on a show. Church, let us worship the Lord is the beauty of holiness. Let us worship Him wherever we are, wherever we go so that we may experience something that this world may never experience and that we may not be forgotten like Uzziah was. It’s not about how famous you are, it’s about how faithful you are. And when we are faithful, we are able to worship Him sincerely, with reverence and rejoicing.


Word and Preaching by Rev. Quinton Williams

Blog post by Abigail Adams

23 May 2021


Romans 5v1-5: Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Why do we experience tribulations, hardships and suffering? If we have been washed by the blood, why do we still suffer? If we have been justified through the blood and cleansing of Jesus Christ, why suffer? We have all experienced suffering. Some in quietness, some publicly. In chapter 5 of Romans, the first five verses mentions God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Verse 1 speaks of the fact that we have peace with God as well as access to His grace that came through Jesus Christ. Paul furthers into saying that God’s love has been poured out in verse 1 through the Holy Spirit. But this word is not about the Trinity – this is about a Bridge - A bridge between two trains of thought.

Romans Chapter 1 till Chapter 4 are almost like the “Whats” of the book. Chapter 5 is the “Now What” chapter. Paul explains that the power of sin over a human being is universal and is still so evident today. Paul says that we have fallen short of the glory of God. God’s response to human’s plight in Romans Chapter 4 – because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we are now justified. Being justified roughly defined is us being in right standing with God. We have been made just through the blood of the lamb. Sin comes to destroy but Jesus has come with salvation and we are justified. But even though we have been justified, we see that sin still wants to kill and destroy lives today.

We come to a point where we are justified before the Lord, saved and free, but NOW WHAT? What do we do? The word tells us that by faith we have peace with God. We have unlimited access to the King of kings and Lord of lords.

1. God’s peace to those who are justified

We are at peace with God through this justification. We wage war against sin and the world but we are still at peace with God. There was a time we fought with God, when we are not in right standing and so being justified we are at peace with Him. This portion of scripture doesn’t speak to everybody, but rather to those who are justified. The children of God who speak His word. This is God’s word, speaking to His people and says you are at peace with God. Because we are at peace with God, we share that peace in our lives. We speak about that peace that surpasses all understanding – we have peace amidst and within the struggles. The effect of righteousness is peace.

2. Suffering

The Messiah Jesus Christ is referred to as a suffering servant. We want to be Christ like. What does that mean to us in the context of Jesus being the suffering servant? With tribulations, hardships – it seems as though even though we’ve surrendered to God, we still suffer. But Paul says in Romans chapter 8 that this suffering of the present time are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Paul does not say that we need to be happy when we suffer. He says rejoice in your suffering, amidst the suffering – rejoice. The Lord allows certain things. The innocent struggle for the salvation of the guilty. Adopt the attitude of, Lord if my tribulation and persecution draws someone closer to You, then so be it.

Suffering does not produce our rejoicing but it cannot squash or diminish it. Paul say, I will boast in my suffering because amidst what I am going through, I will rejoice because God has something in store. I’m not sure but I know that it is greater than my current suffering. There is something that will be revealed to you that is even greater than your suffering beloved. Our suffering is only temporary because God is working for us.

There are two trains of thought at work –some would say rejoice amidst the suffering as it is temporary and some would say that we are fully justified.

There is this notion to some that when we suffer, it is payback for our sins. This same train of thought happened to Job’s friends where they asked, what have we done? But our suffering is not payback for sin because while we yet sinners, Christ died for us. So His love for use exceeds what we are able to comprehend. Sending his only son Jesus Christ to die for us. Suffering is not a lack of God’s favour towards us because has no lack of favour towards us. He has love for us, and a prevenient grace that has been upon us even before we knew Him. But what does suffering produce?

- SUFFERING PRODUCES ENDURANCE: the ability to continue to trust in God for long periods of time and through more difficult circumstances we experience endurance. Suffering for the believer produces endurance.

- ENDURANCE PRODUCES CHARACTER: choose to keep doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. When we endure, it produces character within the believer so that they will persevere and do the right thing, all the time. Sometimes we are hard pressed, but a man and a woman of character will do what is right in the eyes of God and persevere. And this is why Paul says, I will boast in my suffering because God is busy doing something in me. There is a certain character trait in those who serve the Lord and have been justified and this is what people identify with.

- CHARACTER PRODUCES HOPE: hope is confidence that God will deliver what he has promised. This is not just a hope in anything because when we endure and our character is established and we grow and become men and women of character, a hope develops. It is sure and secure as an anchor in Jesus Christ. Boasting can be translated as rejoicing. We continue to experience hardships but we can rejoice and boast in our suffering because it produces endurance and this produces character and this produces hope. This is not just a simple hope; this is hope in the promises of God and that He will fulfill these in your life. We have this hope in Him that if we endure, we will see Him one day. Beyond the temporary suffering.

- Finally, LOVE: The love of God, poured out by the Holy Spirit upon us, he has given us this love that we need to share with the world. Our suffering sometimes can produce bitterness and anger and this can cut off the love God has placed within us and we are not able to dispense this love He has placed in us. But we need to love as God loves us.

If we had not accepted Him, we are as bad as the worst sinner. But Jesus came, and cleansed us. And His love for us has brought us from wherever we were and made us His sons and daughters. He has justified us and now, he says, “Even in your suffering, rest in the peace that I have given you. Endure the suffering. Be a man and woman of character. Have a hope beyond the temporary and share the love that I have given you.”

It doesn’t just stop with being justified, life goes on and so does our trials, tribulations and sufferings but this will be the salvation of someone. And in this suffering, we will boast, we will rejoice. There is an amazing benefit in being righteous before God. God has made peace with us and we stand in His grace – and we rejoice in the sure hope that we will share in His glory. We suffer but we grow, we endure. This is not payback or punishment because amidst this suffering God has proven His love for us because while we were sinners, God sent His love.

Word and Preaching by Rev. Quinton Williams

Blog post by Abigail Adams